21 Healthy Meal and Desserts in a MUG

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21 Healthy Meals (and Desserts) You Can Make in a Mug
The microwave gets a bad rap these days, but when you’re running late or only have 10 minutes between errands, tossing a few ingredients in a mug for a healthy and tasty meal in five minutes flat doesn’t sound too shabby. And all that hype about microwaves causing health concerns—well, it’s just that. (There’s not really enough evidence to suggest they release enough radiation to be harmful.)

These breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes are surprisingly flavorful and can be carried to work and cooked on the spot. If you’re really anti-microwave, most of them can easily be made in the oven if you have a few extra minutes to spare. While the desserts might not be the most nutritious, they are the most delicious. And who would say no to chocolate cake that only takes five minutes? Not us.

Breakfast

1. Healthy 1-Minute Blueberry Muffin

Ok, so it might actually take two minutes. Inspired by the blueberry muffins at Starbucks, this version is healthier, faster to make, and tastier. Banana adds a little extra potassium and staying power to this breakfast of champions. And if you’re in it for the long haul (12 minutes), you can make it in the oven.

2. Single-Serving Clean Chocolate Mug Cake

ough radiation to be harmful.)
These breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes are surprisingly flavorful and can be carried to work and cooked on the spot. If you’re really anti-microwave, most of them can easily be made in the oven if you have a few extra minutes to spare. While the desserts might not be the most nutritious, they are the most delicious. And who would say no to chocolate cake that only takes five minutes? Not us.

Breakfast
1. Healthy 1-Minute Blueberry Muffin
Mug Meals: Blueberry Muffin
Photo: The Big Man’s World
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Ok, so it might actually take two minutes. Inspired by the blueberry muffins at Starbucks, this version is healthier, faster to make, and tastier. Banana adds a little extra potassium and staying power to this breakfast of champions. And if you’re in it for the long haul (12 minutes), you can make it in the oven.

2. Single-Serving Clean Chocolate Mug Cake
Mug Meals: Chocolate Mug Cake
Photo: Amy’s Healthy Baking
PIN IT
It’s like dessert for breakfast—but good for you (and it only takes five minutes to whip up). Whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder greek yogurt, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this mug cake is perfect for those days when you want a sweet start to the day.

3. Paleo Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

We’re all about this pastry in a mug, especially when it’s cooler outside and we want cinnamon in everything. This mug treat delivers all of the comforting flavors of a cinnamon-roll breakfast, but with more fiber and nutrition. And tbh, if you’re running short on time, skip the frosting—you won’t miss it (that much).

4. Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Mug Cake for Two

The perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast—after all, it’s oatmeal and peanut butter, what cake could be healthier? Just mix it up, toss in the microwave, and you’re out the door with a breakfast that won’t leave you frantically rummaging through your desk for snacks one hour later.

5. Coconut Flour Pancake in a Mug

gh radiation to be harmful.)
These breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes are surprisingly flavorful and can be carried to work and cooked on the spot. If you’re really anti-microwave, most of them can easily be made in the oven if you have a few extra minutes to spare. While the desserts might not be the most nutritious, they are the most delicious. And who would say no to chocolate cake that only takes five minutes? Not us.

Breakfast
1. Healthy 1-Minute Blueberry Muffin
Mug Meals: Blueberry Muffin
Photo: The Big Man’s World
PIN IT
Ok, so it might actually take two minutes. Inspired by the blueberry muffins at Starbucks, this version is healthier, faster to make, and tastier. Banana adds a little extra potassium and staying power to this breakfast of champions. And if you’re in it for the long haul (12 minutes), you can make it in the oven.

2. Single-Serving Clean Chocolate Mug Cake
Mug Meals: Chocolate Mug Cake
Photo: Amy’s Healthy Baking
PIN IT
It’s like dessert for breakfast—but good for you (and it only takes five minutes to whip up). Whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder greek yogurt, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this mug cake is perfect for those days when you want a sweet start to the day.

3. Paleo Cinnamon Roll in a Mug
Mug Meals: Cinnamon Roll
Photo: The Iron You
PIN IT
We’re all about this pastry in a mug, especially when it’s cooler outside and we want cinnamon in everything. This mug treat delivers all of the comforting flavors of a cinnamon-roll breakfast, but with more fiber and nutrition. And tbh, if you’re running short on time, skip the frosting—you won’t miss it (that much).

4. Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Mug Cake for Two
Mug Meals: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffin
Photo: Sugar and Soul
PIN IT
The perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast—after all, it’s oatmeal and peanut butter, what cake could be healthier? Just mix it up, toss in the microwave, and you’re out the door with a breakfast that won’t leave you frantically rummaging through your desk for snacks one hour later.

5. Coconut Flour Pancake in a Mug
Mug Meals: Pancake
Photo: From Calculus to Cupcakes
PIN IT
Pancake à la souffle. It’s fluffy, it’s a pancake, and it’s in a mug—it’s everything you could want. Add some blueberries for a sweeter version or cheese if you’re craving savory. Just don’t forget to grease the mug with butter or else you’ll have a very sad-looking mug at the end of your meal.

6. Sweet Potato Hash in a Mug

gh radiation to be harmful.)
These breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes are surprisingly flavorful and can be carried to work and cooked on the spot. If you’re really anti-microwave, most of them can easily be made in the oven if you have a few extra minutes to spare. While the desserts might not be the most nutritious, they are the most delicious. And who would say no to chocolate cake that only takes five minutes? Not us.

Breakfast
1. Healthy 1-Minute Blueberry Muffin
Mug Meals: Blueberry Muffin
Photo: The Big Man’s World
PIN IT
Ok, so it might actually take two minutes. Inspired by the blueberry muffins at Starbucks, this version is healthier, faster to make, and tastier. Banana adds a little extra potassium and staying power to this breakfast of champions. And if you’re in it for the long haul (12 minutes), you can make it in the oven.

2. Single-Serving Clean Chocolate Mug Cake
Mug Meals: Chocolate Mug Cake
Photo: Amy’s Healthy Baking
PIN IT
It’s like dessert for breakfast—but good for you (and it only takes five minutes to whip up). Whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder greek yogurt, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this mug cake is perfect for those days when you want a sweet start to the day.

3. Paleo Cinnamon Roll in a Mug
Mug Meals: Cinnamon Roll
Photo: The Iron You
PIN IT
We’re all about this pastry in a mug, especially when it’s cooler outside and we want cinnamon in everything. This mug treat delivers all of the comforting flavors of a cinnamon-roll breakfast, but with more fiber and nutrition. And tbh, if you’re running short on time, skip the frosting—you won’t miss it (that much).

4. Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Mug Cake for Two
Mug Meals: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffin
Photo: Sugar and Soul
PIN IT
The perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast—after all, it’s oatmeal and peanut butter, what cake could be healthier? Just mix it up, toss in the microwave, and you’re out the door with a breakfast that won’t leave you frantically rummaging through your desk for snacks one hour later.

5. Coconut Flour Pancake in a Mug
Mug Meals: Pancake
Photo: From Calculus to Cupcakes
PIN IT
Pancake à la souffle. It’s fluffy, it’s a pancake, and it’s in a mug—it’s everything you could want. Add some blueberries for a sweeter version or cheese if you’re craving savory. Just don’t forget to grease the mug with butter or else you’ll have a very sad-looking mug at the end of your meal.

6. Sweet Potato Hash in a Mug
Mug Meals: Sweet Potato Hash
Photo: Bigger Bolder Baking
PIN IT
This one takes a bit longer—11 minutes—but we’re talking potatoes here. The sweet potatoes mixed with savory veggies and cheese are a perfect combination, not to mention sweet potato’s great nutritional benefits, like its anti-cancer and anti-inflamatory properties. The touch of rosemary at the end adds the perfect finishing flavor.

7. 2-Minute Egg Omelet in a Mug

Not to worry, egg lovers, we’ve got you covered too. This blend of spinach, peppers, and tomato is awesome, but you can substitute any veggies or meat for a create-your-own style.

8. 5-Minute Spinach and Cheddar Microwave Quiche in a Mug

A warm and delicious way to get your veggies for the day, this recipe tastes rich and flavorful while staying healthy. There’s no more I-don’t-have-time-to-eat-breakfast excuses allowed.

9. Hot Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa

This recipe loads up on the good stuff—quinoa and pumpkin—and uses maple syrup to sweeten it up. Pop one of these bad boys in the microwave before work for a seasonal dish that doesn’t go overboard.

Lunch/Dinner

10. Egg Fried Rice in a Mug

Who knew you could make fried rice in a microwave? This recipe hits all the right (flavor) notes, and no one would ever guess it takes only a cup, a microwave, and a few (okay, maybe a bit more than that) ingredients. Just don’t skimp on the cup size—we’re talking a meal here

11. Homemade Spaghetti-ohs in a Mug

Yep, you read that right: Spaghetti-ohs (cue your ecstatic inner child)—only the adult version, which still only takes seven minutes to make and will have you reminiscing about the good old days. Fun tip: Freeze the leftover sauce in ice cube trays, then just pull out and thaw when you’re in a rush.

12. Instant Mac & Cheese in a Mug

Naturally, no mug recipe list would be complete without the tried-and-true mac n’ cheese. Only three ingredients—we don’t count water—and you’re on your way to comfort food heaven, minus the craft, pot, and mess.

13. Microwave Lasagna in a Mug

All you need is a minute—plus the thirty seconds it takes to throw the ingredients in a mug, but we’re pretty sure you can deal with that. It’s all the lasagna flavors you love sans noodles. Substitute in any meat, veggies, and sauce you want (you can even use pesto), and voila! It’s like Little Italy came to you.

Dessert

14. Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake


Another reason to indulge your fall pumpkin cravings. As far as desserts go, this one’s pretty darn healthy—and gluten-free, although you could replace the coconut flour with regular if you’re in the mood for the full whammy. Whatever you do, don’t leave out the chocolate.

15. Peanut Butter Mug Cake

You’ve gotta love PB for this one. It’s a cupful of pure peanut-ty goodness and it only calls for (five!) ingredients you’re bound to have on hand so you can whip it up at a moment’s notice.

16. Cinnamon Roll Microwave Mug Cake

Six minutes ’til heaven—warm, cinnamon-y, gooey heaven. And with maple syrup for sweetness, it’s not all that bad for you either, especially if you opt for whole-wheat or spelt flour instead of white. We’ll just take breakfast and make it dessert.

17. Apple Crisp in a Mug

Apple pie made easy. You can go the traditional oven route, but if you’re looking for a really quick treat, it takes only two and a half minutes in the microwave. Top it off with a little ice cream and ta-da! Gourmet gone simple.

18. Red Velvet Mug Cake

We’re not typically fans of adding dye to anything edible, but when it comes to red velvet cake, we can’t help ourselves—especially if it’s a cute single-serving cake! This is the ideal recipe to enjoy on a night in, and you

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